Feb. 26, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. -
Zach Morton's two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning plated Paul Snieder from second base to give Northwestern its first win of the season, 6-5 over Connecticut in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge Friday morning.
NU (1-4) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning as Arby Fields completed a string of three hits to start the inning by singling home Morton with the game's first tally.
Senior left-hander Joe Muraski retired the first seven Huskie batters he faced and shut Connecticut down through the first four innings, but he ran into trouble in the fifth. UConn would manage six hits in the fifth as it scored four times to take a three-run lead.
Connecticut starter Elliot Glynn was relieved by Trent DeLazzer to start the NU half of the sixth and that was a welcomed sight to the Wildcats. Chris Lashmet greeted DeLazzer with a lead-off triple and following a walk to Snieder, pinch-hitter Colby Everett delivered an RBI double.
Geoff Rowan contributed a run-scoring single before Morton plated Everett on a squeeze bunt to tie the game. A dropped foul ball by Connecticut extended the inning further and then a second error on a ball hit by Trevor Stevens gave Northwestern the lead.
Muraski was relieved by Snieder after allowing a walk to start the top of the seventh inning and Connecticut would eventually tie the game on a sacrifice fly by George Springer.
The Huskies go the go-ahead run to second base in the eighth, nine and 10th innings, but Snieder and Michael Jahns were able to keep the game tied.
Snieder started the game-winning rally in the bottom of the 10th with a lead-off single before Everett moved him into scoring position with a sac bunt. Pinch-hitter Hamilton Wise
was intentionally walked before UConn was able to record the second out of the inning. However, Morton was able to cash in with the clutch hit to center field that brought home Snieder for the walk-off win.
Jahns earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief. Snieder had two hits at the plate and also hurled 2 2/3 innings without allowing a run. Muraski fanned five over the first 6 1/3 innings.
Everett, Fields and Morton joined Snieder with two hits apiece for Northwestern which had a 12-10 advantage in the hit column.
The Wildcats return to action at 9 a.m. Central time Saturday as they take on Rutgers.